Specialized perinatal mental health care

The Better Beginnings ™ Perinatal Partial Hospitalization Program

The Better Beginnings ™ Mother & Baby Perinatal PHP program, is an outpatient daily program that includes individual and group therapy, psychiatric services and onsite nursery.

Are you a parent experiencing significant symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Disorders, Postpartum PTSD, eating disorders and related illnesses during pregnancy and/or after delivery; including post-adoption?  When traditional weekly outpatient sessions are not helping to return you to normal health and functioning, it may be time to consider a more intensive level of care.

The Better Beginnings ™ Perinatal PHP program is unique in Florida and the Southeastern U.S., in that we are the first setting in this region providing this level of care.  In addition, Moms are welcome to have baby with them in session and/or utilize our onsite nursery care.  This allows for a reduction in the burden of childcare, encourages positive bonding and provides positive parenting education.

In addition, the Better Beginnings ™ Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is intensive outpatient treatment for perinatal mood disorders at a three day/week, three hour/day setting.

Our programs include evaluation, stabilization, symptom management and discharge planning.  Our team is multidisciplinary and each Mom receives individualized care.  Care includes individual and group therapy sessions and psychiatry.  Family/support sessions are also an integral part of the Better Beginnings ™ model of care.

Your Better Beginnings™ story starts with an initial appointment to evaluate your needs and plan for your care.  

Anyone can make a referral or call for more information at (352) 462-9484.   


The Better Beginnings ™ Perinatal PHP program operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Women attend daily and may enter the program any day of the week.

Services are provided by a specialized multi-disciplinary treatment team trained in perinatal mood disorders.  Patients work one on one with a licensed mental health professional as well as attend group sessions daily.  

Psychiatric services

Patients also meet individually with an advanced level psychiatric practitioner for evaluation and medication reviews, if needed. The multidisciplinary team works collaboratively to establish treatment goals, strategies and a comprehensive aftercare plan unique to each of our patients’ needs.

Better Beginnings

Reproductive Mental Health Center

14822 Main Street
Alachua, Florida 32615

(352) 462-9484


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The benefits of the Better Beginnings ™ Perinatal PHP Program include prevention of hospitalization, rapid access to specialized care, reduction of the long-term effects of untreated mental illness on Mom, baby and family; along with a supportive environment with others who are experiencing similar challenges.